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Hemels Gewelf / Celestial Vault ( J. Turrell )
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CELESTIAL VAULT
J. TURRELL, -1996
Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan 175, Den Haag

ARTIST:
James Turrell

BUILDING TYPE:
Land art
Monumental art

PUBLICATIONS:
G. Willems e.a. - James Turrell Kijkduin, 1996
In the dunes of The Hague the American artist James Turrell created an artificial crater from which visitors can gaze at the sky. The ellipse-shaped bowl, its slopes sown with grass, is 40 metres long and 30 metres wide and surrounded by a five-metre wall of earth. Visitors enter the space through a concrete passageway. At its centre is a monumental bench on which two people can lie back. Seen from there, the light seems to curve so that the sky is seen as a vault. An identical bench stands on the crest of a nearby dune.